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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Alls Well that Ends Well

I finally remembered where the inspiration for my mouse
came from
One of the blogs that I read is about scrapbooking cards, written by Jak Heath, who a truly delightful artisan when it comes to card design.
Since one of my pet peeves has to do with plagerism, which I detest with a passion, I wrote to Jak in the hopes that she wouldn't mind my having usurped her design...even if it is in a totally different medium.
Less than 1/2 an hour later, she wrote back full of praise & saying that she wished she could have one just like it.
Well long story short, within the week my mousie will be on his way to his new home in the UK where Jak lives.


  1. I think when a person makes an inspired item for their own personal use the artist they were inspired by is not usually upset by it. But if it were published and not credited then that would be offensive. It is when someone takes a design without permission and then uses it to make money that plagiarism is really offensive.

    Sometimes we don't remember exactly where the inspiration came from so I generally try to stick to being inspired by old houses and old items in museums the creators of which are not around to be offended.

    I have come across copies of my work now and again on the internet where the person said they saw it in a magazine and copied the item. I leave a comment that says hello and tell them I am glad it inspired them and that I enjoyed seeing what they made.

  2. Karin, that is just too cute and how sweet is that?

    I have found, when it comes to copyright issues, the best thing is to contact people directly, and as you have found, you can be pleasantly surprised. :)

    This is one of the reasons I try to create in a bubble, seldom looking at what other artisans are doing.

    Much of my creations have been in my mind for ten years or so, it's just taking me a while to get it out there. ;)

    Copying can be tiring, but, I believe they don't do it as well, when it is not their creation to begin with, it's kinda one of those you reap what you sow.

    But, as miniaturists, we are all copying all the time, to create it in a smaller scale. :)


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